Jevon Snead Struggles, But Ole Miss Devours Cupcake Memphis, 45-14

Ole Miss didn't play like a top ten team, Jevon Snead struggling mightly at times, but they still managed to spank Memphis by 31 points on Sunday.

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Ole Miss Didn't Play Like a Top 10 Team; Still Some Positives Though

SB Nation's Red Cup Rebellion has full analysis of the Rebels' performance yesterday. Head there for breakdowns of each position -- and some very angry mocking of Memphis fans in which they're called "bitter, obnoxious, irrelevant, and small" -- but here's the part about the man we all care about: Jevon Snead:

Jevan Snead will be fine, I've decided. Last year, he needed some time to shake off the rust, had a shaky start against Memphis, a burst of brilliance against Wake, then slowly climbed out of mediocrity until hitting his stride late in the season. Obviously he needs to keep things simple, to worry about just getting the ball in the hands of his playmakers, and work hard to get himself mentally right. Call Nutt a QB killer if you want, but he's a coach first, not a QB psychologist. Snead has the potential; he's already displayed it against major opponents last year. He's just got to get his head stable. He'll be alright, but still, it's safe to say that we're all glad that Bama isn't next week.
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Improved Snead, Defense Keys Rebels Win

The dark-horse Heisman candidate Jevon Snead struggled early, going 8-of-17 for 102 yards and two picks through three quarters, but rebounded to throw for 73 yards and pair of scores in the fourth.

But ESPN's Chris Low highlights the Rebels' defense in putting away the Tigers:

[L]ost in what was otherwise a ho-hum performance is the fact that this defense is pretty stout.

The Rebels’ defense scored one of the touchdowns when Fon Ingram took an interception back 38 yards for a score right before halftime.

Junior defensive tackle Jerrell Powe also looks like a different player now that he’s 50 pounds lighter. He absolutely blew up the play on fourth down when Memphis went for it on fourth-and-1 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.

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Ole Miss Runs Away in Fourth Quarter, Beats Memphis 45-14

Ole Miss used four fourth quarter touchdowns to pull away from Memphis in a 45-14 victory.

Jevan Snead rebounded from two first half interceptions to throw two scores in the final quarter, and OIe Miss got rushing scores form Dexter McCluster and Enrique Davis.

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Ole Miss and Memphis Do Battle In Sunday College Football

You thought college football was done? Lee Corso voice: Not so fast, my friend...

The 8th-ranked Ole Miss Rebels are battling it out with Memphis, as Houston Nutt and Jevan Sneed attempt to build on last season's surprising success. One of last year's weaknesses, however, was winning the games they were supposed to win.

Beating Florida on the road? No problem. Beating Vanderbilt at home? Not so much. So if any early-season game against an 7-point underdog can be termed a barometer, it's today's Memphis-Ole Miss matchup. If the Rebels are actually a top 10 team, they should win handily.

So far, however, it's been a back-and-forth defensive struggle, with Ole Miss leading 17-7, and second team All-Sec QB Jevan Snead throwing two interceptions in the first half. Curtis Steele has a rushing touchdown for the Tigers, and with just a few minutes left in the half, it looked like Ole Miss could be in for a battle. That is, until Memphis threw an interception that Ole Miss returned for a touchdown.

Follow along with the game thread at the awesomely named Red Cup Rebellion, and check back for updates throughout the day.

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